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Google will drop devices still on Android 2.3.7 and earlier in September

Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread was released in September 2011 (Source: Techzim)
Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread was released in September 2011 (Source: Techzim)
As part of the company's efforts to keep Android users safe, Google has decided to no longer allow sign-in on services like Gmail, Maps, or YouTube for devices still stuck with versions up to 2.3.7 of its mobile operating system. Fortunately, devices on Android 3.0 and later will remain on the safe side.

Right now, the only Android versions with a market share above 10 percent are the last three major releases. Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread can easily be considered an ancient version and finding devices that still run it in 2021 can be a nearly impossible task anywhere. However, Google has decided to add a final nail into the coffin of this decade-old release of its mobile operating system.

Last week, Zak Pollack, Community Manager on the official Android Help forum, has published the sad news using the title "Sign-in on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower will not be allowed starting September 27" and made everything clear in a rather short post (check the source link below the embedded video for details).

After the aforementioned date, those who try to use products and services like YouTube, Gmail, or Maps on devices loaded with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread or older versions should expect username or password errors. Obviously, the only thing left to do is to update to a ROM based on Android 3.0 or later, if possible, or take that device to a museum.

Thankfully, Pollack mentioned a workaround for those who will keep using their Android 2.3.7 devices after September 27 to access some Google services and products. Obviously, we are talking about using a web browser to access those services, including the Google Account, which is available via myaccount.google.com.

Do you happen to own any pre-Lollipop devices that still work in 2021? Do you know of such people? Feel free to share your stories in the comments section, as usual.

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5565 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2021-08- 2 (Update: 2021-08- 2)